So the libidinous financier might think, but Ducia has other plans. From unschooled orphan to factory girl to sophisticated entrepreneur, it's a Pygmalion fantasy come true for Ducia, all due to a benefactor's generosity. And nothing, not even her unwise passion for the wealthy and arrogant Quint, will stand in the way of her ambitions.
Shoes. Not just the wearing of them -- the creation of them, from drawing board to their cobbling. Producing a line of fine ladies footwear is all she dreams about...when she's not dreaming about Quint.1883. The bustle returns. A curled fringe remains ever popular. Shoes sport higher heels and narrower toes. And Quint learns the meaning of love from a designing woman who refuses to settle for anything less...regardless of what is fashionable.